Restaurante El Rodat

Address: Calle La Murciana 9 03730 Javea, Javea, 03730, Spain
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- Expensive

4.7

Traditional in appearance but innovative in the kitchen.

Tucked away from the hoi-poloi on the beaches of Arenal, El Rodat has been an enclave of elegance for over a decade, and its restaurant has spent most of that time hovering around the upper end of posh places to eat. Reserved but modern in its décor, it’s just the place for a semi-formal meal if you are trying to impress the future in-laws or a romantic tete-a-tet. The kitchen is presided over by Ivan Grau, one of the regions rising young stars known for his innovation and deft use of local produce, including the local herbs and spices.

Food and drink
4.7
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Service
4.6
90%
Food and drink
4.7
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Value for money
4.5
90%
Ambience
4.5
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Location
4.5
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Food and drink

There’s one thing that you really don’t have to look far for on the Costa Blanca and that’s top quality fish and seafood, but it’s Grau’s nifty little ways of using the best of the catch that’s intriguing: king prawns tartare with nuts and amaretto ice cream, and the selected fish of the day with lemon aromatic cream, crispy ham and trout caviar, are just a couple that had me drooling. The twenty-one day cured ox sirloin steak (why specifically twenty-one days, I’ve always meant to ask) slices like a dream, and the garnish of shallots and pine nuts is a splendid diversion to the rich flavor of the meat. The lamb in Spain is wonderful, far better than the pallid English version, and when served with country mushrooms, sweetbreads and leeks as it is here, beats the traditional English meat and two veg into a cocked hat. Puddings are often based on seasonal fruits, and I was particularly taken with the citric soup with fruit salad and mint ice-cream. And it was wonderful to be given the choice of a cheese board.

Ambience

Refined but not pompous, slightly more relaxed because it is a hotel as well as a public restaurant.

Service

Subdued and efficient.

Location

Among pine trees on a private estate on the outskirts of Javea town.

Price advice

There are two menus at 42 and 55euros that give the opportunity of trying a very good selection from the carta. Still a bit pricey, though.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Special occasions

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